Conti Costanti 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1.5 L MAGNUM
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98 Pts - Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, new leather, menthol and a whisper of blue flower unfold on this stunning, elegantly structured wine. The vibrant palate doles out ripe black cherry, cinnamon and star anise framed in firm, fine-grained tannins. Hold for even more complexity. Absolutely superb. Drink 2022–2035.
95 Pts - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"This is a spectacular effort. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows deep, inner intensity and lovely aromatic characteristics that are very true to the mighty Sangiovese grape. You can't go wrong with a wine like this, especially if you are seeking the true flavors of Montalcino. The aromas are presented in neat and tidy fashion with wild berry, blue flower, spice and herb that converge to create a united front. In the mouth, the wine delivers ample power and momentum with dark flavors and firm structure. The wine need another few years of bottle aging to flesh out further." - Monica Larner (Mar 2016)
93 Pts - Wine Spectator
This is tightly wound and powerful, featuring strawberry, cherry, hibiscus tea, earth and tobacco flavors. Racy and firm, this finishes with freshness and excellent length. Best from 2019 through 2034. 1,000 cases made.
The production of a “Reserve”, as we have been taught by Franco Biondi Santi, is part of the tradition of Brunello di Montalcino, more than the cru or single-vineyard wines.
The land covers 25 hectares, divided into 12 ha of vineyards, 4 ha of olive groves and the rest is fallow land and woodland.
The vineyards are at an altitude of 310-400m above sea level, and for these great care has gone into selecting the optional exposure.
The vines are Sangiovese known locally as Brunello and range from 6 to 25 years old.
Three hectares have recently been planted with Merlot and Cabernet. The land is very poor organically though rich in lithoid components. Geologically it is galestro from cretacic era. Plant density varies from 3.333 to 5.500 vines per hectare.
The harvest usually takes place at the beginning of October.
Fermentation takes place on the skins in stainless vats and lasts from 14-21 days depending on the vintage. The Brunello is aged in 30Hl Slavonian oak cask, between 3 and 15 years old and in 5Hl barriques. The younger wines are aged in three year old, 225 and 335 liter barriques made from Allier oak, medium toast.
Given that Brunello is an extremely important wine, when I decide to make a Reserve I always have to be sure that what I have is outstanding, absolutely fabulous: the best Brunello in an exceptional year, one of those that occur about three times in each decade.
A Reserve must also be seen as a Brunello with a very long cellar-life, a wine capable of ageing for decades. Consequently, a young Brunello Reserve is always much more tannic and characterized by greater acidity, requiring a certain number of years of bottle-ageing.